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Posts tagged ‘mario lemieux’
Posted: September 12th, 2013

Alain Lemieux, older brother of Hockey Hall of Famer and Pittsburgh Penguins principal owner and chairman Mario Lemieux, has joined the coaching staff for the Gannon University club hockey team. Read more by clicking the link

Posted in: NHL, Uncategorized
Posted: March 14th, 2013

Erie Otters (18-40-3-5) at Guelph Storm (38-23-1-4)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sleeman Centre – Guelph, Ontario
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, (live stream)*
Upcoming schedule: Saturday vs. Guelph, 7 p.m. (season finale)
What to expect: The Otters enter the final weekend of the season tied with the 2007-08 club (18-46-2-2) for the third-fewest, single-season wins in the franchise’s 17-year history. They currently have the fourth-worst, single-season winning percentage (.333) in franchise history, behind only the 2011-12 club (.191), 2006-07 club (.243) and 2007-08 club (.294). … The Otters have topped 300 goals against for the second straight season and fourth time in the past seven years. … The Otters have clinched the No. 2 pick in the OHL Priority Selection April 6. Ottawa (16-43-0-5) will have the No. 1 pick. … Otters C Connor McDavid (25 goals, 37 assists, 62 points) entered Thursday trailing Sarnia RW Nikolay Goldobin (27-36-63) by one point for the league’s rookie scoring title. McDavid leads his counterpart by one assist and trails him by two in goals. The Sting faced Oshawa at home Thursday night. … McDavid needs one point to set a new franchise mark for points by a rookie in a season. He’s tied with Tim Connolly, who had 62 points in the 1997-98 season. McDavid already has broken the club’s mark for assists by a rookie in a season originally held by Brad Boyes (36 in 1998-99). … RW Connor Brown (26-41-67) could finish the season among the league’s top 20 scorers. … C Jake Evans (5-11-16) remained on crutches for Wednesday night’s loss to London at Erie Insurance Arena. … The Otters are holding a raffle as part of their annual Mario Lemieux Foundation Night. Tickets are $5 for one, $20 for five and $50 for 15 and will be drawn Saturday night. The list of 15 prizes include a framed Lemieux sweater signed by 15 players from his fantasy camp and sweaters signed by Lemieux, a Hockey Hall of Famer and Penguins co-owner, and current Penguins Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. … Guelph stands four points behind Midwest Division rival Kitchener with two games left. The Storm need to sweep the Otters this weekend and Rangers losses in Sault Ste. Marie and Saginaw this weekend to clinch the fourth seed and home-ice advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. … The Storm are fourth in the league with 247 goals scored despite having one player among the top 20 in goals (RW Scott Kosmachuk, 33) and no players among the top 20 in points.
* Saturday’s game will air on WFNN-AM/1330

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 7th, 2012

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League have announced that Connor Crisp‘s jersey from his goaltending appearance against the Niagara IceDogs on March 4 is now up for auction on eBay at

Crisp entered the game against the Niagara IceDogs after an injury to starting goaltender Ramis Sadikov 1:45 into the game. Since Devin Williams was not dressed due to an injury suffered Friday night against the Saginaw Spirit, Crisp was pressed into goaltending duty in his first game since April 5, 2011, when he was playing as a forward.

Despite not tending goal on ice in over 10 years, Crisp made 32 saves and became a fan favorite as a visitor during Sunday’s game. He was given first star honors and a standing ovation following the game.

Since a starting bid of $199.00 Tuesday at 5 p.m., there have been 12 bids, the highest at $355.00. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to Erie Shriners Hospitals for Children and The Mario Lemieux Foundation.

The media attention surrounding Crisp’s season debut as a goaltender has reached unprecedented levels, with coverage on TSN, Sportsnet, Deadspin and Yahoo! Sports.

The Otters are also selling one-of-a-kind Connor Crisp jersey t-shirts for a limited time on their official online store at, with all proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The shirt features the temporary goalie number worn by Crisp (#1) rather than his usual number of #23. The t-shirts are $10.00 plus shipping and come in sizes medium, large and extra large.

- From Erie Otters release


Posted: November 10th, 2010

An auction held by the Mario Lemieux Foundation includes a Lemieux-autographed Erie Otters sweater.

Check it out by clicking the link.